Canadian Soldier’s Watch Found On WW II Battlefield


For years, the last surviving memento of rifleman Ray Donald Jackson’s life lay in the dirt in Stanley, Hong Kong, where he died. His family didn’t even have a photo to remember him by. He was just a memory — a man who died serving with the Royal Rifles of Canada in the bloody Battle of Hong Kong in December 1941. But now, thanks to the kindness of strangers with a keen interest in military history, that’s about to change. A military history group in Hong Kong discovered Jackson’s wristwatch in the hillside of Stone Hill in March, and now, 76 years later it’s heading to his surviving next of kin as a testament to Jackson’s life and service to his country. The Battle of Hong Kong, one of the first battles in the Pacific in the Second World War, happened on the same morning as the attack on Pearl Harbor. Over 1,000 allied soldiers died in that battle…… Ed

Source: Adam Carter / Photo: Adam Carter

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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